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    What exactly (in a biological sense) is getting "used to" something? such as a taste, smell, etc.


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    it's a known fact that the brain avoids sensory overload by only noticing things that change - say for instance you get used to a certain smell being around so you stop noticing it

    it could also be that receptors get saturated and no longer send messages through

    as for the other meaning of getting used, e.g. you start getting used to eating food that you hated in the past, i haven't got a clue, it's probably something to do with conditioning, but don't know how that works in biological terms


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    The actual word for it is sensory adaptation.
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